Who We Are: Marburn Academy is an independent day school serving the educational needs of bright students with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD and executive function difficulties. Marburn educates more than 350 students year-round in its day school and summer programs in grades 1-12. It is the only school in central Ohio with programs designed to address the full range of unique learning and personal development needs of students with learning differences. At Marburn Academy, we celebrate students who learn differently, empowering them to awaken their potential, to achieve success in school
and life, and to drive positive change in our communities.
What We Do: At Marburn Academy, we provide a positive and safe learning environment, a place where students can thrive and grow. This happens through a one-on-one advisory structure, hands-on experiential learning, Orton-Gillingham language classes, and small class sizes. Grades 1-8 have an 8:1 student/teacher ratio; in the High School, it is 16:1. Marburn provides a full complement of art, music, drama, and technology classes, as well as co-curriculars in sports, the arts, and community service.
Why We're Important: Students entering Marburn Academy often feel defeated by their educational journey. Marburn Academy meets students where they are, picks them up, and helps them find their strengths. When students leave Marburn Academy, their view on education has changed, they have confidence, they advocate for themselves, and they are on the path toward success for their future and for life.
How We Impact the Community: Marburn Academy regularly shares the expertise of faculty and staff with the Central Ohio community with such services as free Community Parent Seminars that focus on current research and innovation in the area of learning differences. Additionally, we offer Free Early Reading Screenings for children in kindergarten, first, and second grades. Marburn also partners with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus with assistance in classroom management and the structure of homework help sessions as well as training of summer fellows. Additional community partnerships include St. Vincent Family Center, A Good Start, and The Columbus Metropolitan Library.
How You Can Help: Each year, families who need Marburn Academy are forced to make other arrangements because they cannot afford the tuition. The majority of Marburn students receive the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship, and it is still not enough to cover the costs. Marburn Academy raises funds through its Annual Fund to benefit our students with need-based scholarships; for the 2018-2019 school year, Marburn has budgeted nearly $1.1 MM in aid. With your financial gift to the Annual Fund, we will be one step closer to helping every student who needs a Marburn education to be able to experience all that the School provides.
Connect with Marburn Academy
Head of School: Jamie Williamson
Development Director: Lucy Godman
Board Chair: Brian Hicks, Owner and CEO, Hicks Partners